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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

 9:40 PM 

Kulp to win 69th GOP primary

Bob Kulp, the founder and owner of a roofing and insulation company, is projected to win the GOP primary in the 69th AD.

With 51 of the 56 reporting units in, Kulp had almost double the votes of his nearest competitor.

According to unofficial returns, Kulp had 1,648 votes, Tommy Dahlen 830, Alanna Feddick 723 and Scott Noble 390.

The pro-school choice American Federation for Children Action Fund spent $45,095 boosting Feddick through mailers, robocalls and online ads, while the Wisconsin Liberty Movement spent $264 on postcards knocking Kulp.

But Kulp said the efforts of outside groups backfired in the race because they turned off voters.

Wisconsin Family Action Inc. reported spending $11 on robocalls promoting Kulp.

"I just sensed fatigue that 'I got two or more postcards in the mail today. Why don't the calls stop?' type of thing," Kulp said. "There was just a voter fatigue out there."

He advances to the Nov. 19 general election against Dem Ken Slezak to replace former GOP Rep. Scott Suder, who originally resigned the seat to work for the Public Service Commission but ended up turning down that job for a lobbying gig with the Wisconsin Paper Council.

UPDATE: 10:29 p.m. -- All reporting units are now in from ClarkMarathon and Wood counties. The unofficial results are:

Kulp 2,258
Feddick 1,272
Dahlen 1,013
Noble 624

-- By JR Ross


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